Magazine article USA TODAY

A Photographer's Life

Magazine article USA TODAY

A Photographer's Life

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The exhibition, "Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer's Life, 1990-2005" includes more than 200 photographs, featuring well-known work made on editorial assignment, as well as personal photos of her family and close friends. "I don't have two lives," Leibovitz insists. "This is one life, and the personal pictures and the assignment work are all part of it."

"This is Annie Leibovitz's most ambitious exhibition yet. By showing her personal photography along with the pictures she's made that are widely known, she's challenging herself--and her audience--to find the connections that exist between private and public life," explains Paul Roth, curator of photography and media arts at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.


Leibovitz has photographed figures from American popular culture since the early 1970s, when her images began appearing in Rolling Stone. She became the magazine's chief photographer in 1973 and, 10 years later, began working for Vanity Fair, and then Vogue. In addition to her magazine images, Leibovitz has created influential advertising campaigns for American Express, Gap, Givenchy, the Milk Board, and the cable television show, "The Sopranos." "Throughout her career, from Rolling Stone to Vanity Fair and Vogue, Annie Leibovitz has reinvented the modern celebrity portrait, altering the way we think about the famous people who populate our cultural landscape," Roth explains.


The exhibit features many of Leibovitz's best-known portraits of public figures, including actors such as Jamie Foxx, Nicole Kidman, and Brad Pitt; athletes preparing for the 1996 Olympic Games; Pres. …

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